Employee Spotlight Patima Dejarath
BELLEVUE, Wash. (1/4/2019) This week’s spotlight shines on Patima Dejarath, a project manager in maps and records, who’s worked at PSE for 16 years.
Patima says working here has been more than just a job; it’s been a place that’s helped her out during some tough times.Read more about Patima and one of her memorable moments.
What do you do at PSE and how long have you been here?
I have been here since 2002. My first job at PSE was as a Mapper in Maps & Records. A few years later I moved to another job as Project Coordinator in Project Management and then Associate Project Manager in Gas System integrity. Currently, I am a Project Manager working with Meter Upgrade team as AMI Network Deployment Lead.
Why did you want to work here? Or Why do you enjoy working here?
When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a truck driver, of course, my parents were thrilled! Working at PSE as Project Manager is next to a miracle, not what I expected as a child (somewhat disappointed), but I intend to keep this job!
What one thing do you need to know really well to do your job?
I know what ‘AMI’ stands for.
What are you most proud of working at PSE?
I want to share a story that reflects how I look at PSE and the people who work or used to work here. 14 years ago, I survived a crisis in life because of support from people here at PSE. At first I didn’t think anyone at work would care whatever happened to me and my son. I decided to tell my Supervisor (Andy Padvorac, at that time). Next thing I know I was in the room with HR, Security, my supervisor and manager. They were figuring out a plan to keep me safe. I also received a note from the director offering support. I choked up every time I thought of what happened--at the same time I felt fortunate to be where I’m at today. I was given a second chance in life.
Over the years I’ve witnessed PSE employees stepping up to help others with crisis to be able to overcome their struggles. To me, it shows we are surrounded with good people who are willing to support each other and lend a hand during tough times. I am proud of working here and very fortunate to have a chance to give back.
What’s one of your most memorable moments while working here?
Several years ago, I worked on a project to install natural gas line in a popular trail. The residents were not excited about us impacting the trail and they were very anxious to get the trail back to normal condition. We did a lot of outreach throughout the project, responded to complaints, met with residents in person. At the completion of the construction with the trail completely restored. I had to admit it was stressful and then there was another email from the resident who contacted me several times during the construction. As I prepared myself for a bad news and thought we messed something else up, the email was to thank PSE and the contractor… and at the end he said “you’re doing a great job as project manager”…and there I was…in tears!
What’s most challenging about your job?
Changes will come, issues will appear and problems will arise. I need to be ready to fix issues, to solve problems, to be flexible to adjust to any changes and get projects back on track. Predict risks when making plans and have a plan to minimize the risks.
What safety tip applies to your daily work?
Everything I do is safety. I can’t get away from it. It even follows me home.
Of PSE’s values, which resonates most with you and why?
We have each other’s back. I am working in team environment. Having a great team supporting each other means more than anything.
What’s your favorite place to eat?
In front of the TV.
What's your favorite vacation spot? Why?
Thailand, it’s my homeland and I get to see my folks.
If you could do any job in the world for one day, what would it be and why?
Panda Zookeeper in China, do you really have to ask me why!! Just keep reading.
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Don’t take work with you when you’re on vacation. (I have not mastered that yet. Will keep trying though).
If you could be any animal, what would you be?
What do you like to do outside of work? Any interesting hobbies or community service activities?
I volunteer at Food Lifeline packing food for people in need and also do volunteer work at my kid’s school. I tried hiking Mt Si with my family, got up to the top and back down, arms and legs were nearly falling apart! So, “nope, never again”. Hiking is off the bucket list.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Healing touch, make pain go away and make things (computers) work with a touch my finger tip. (No offense to IT.)
What’s the best or favorite part about your job?
Satisfaction of getting something built or completed.
Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Let’s not go there.
Do you have a pet? If yes, what type?
I want to have a panda. Well, the world is not there yet, so I have a black & white dog named “Pajamas”.